The Illustrated Garden is the punchiest, most lyrically direct set of songs the band has released to date. The songs are unmistakably Radar Brothers, but the Treichel/Hussey rhythm section often pushes them in unexpected directions.
Look for the album March 23 via Merge.
Be warned: you might have to sit through a shitty ad first.
“Like I Can”
Tell your folks: Secret Machines have released “Like I Can” as a digital single.
• Secret Machines: http://thesecretmachines.com
Bomb The Bass
Tim Simenon a/k/a Bomb The Bass is back with a new album (produced in collaboration with Gui Boratto) whose accomplished songwriting and sonic scope belie the spontaneity with which it came together. The title says it all: Back to Light.
The first in a campaign which sees Bomb The Bass releasing four digital singles in four months, “The Infinites” (featuring longtime Bomb The Bass collaborator Paul Conboy on vocals) is without doubt one of the standout tracks on the album. The single also features stellar remix contributions from Extrawelt, Kwesachu (Micachu & Kwes) and Mark E, essential cuts that raise the tempo and turn the melodic orginal into pure dancefloor burners.
“Stylo” (feat. Mos Def & Bobby Womack)
From Rolling Stone:
Just one day after the Gorillaz were named as Coachella’s closing night headliner, “Stylo,” the first single off the cartoon band’s upcoming third album Plastic Beach, leaked out into the blogosphere. Gorillaz’s Murdoc Niccals wrote on his Twitter page, “A leak! A leak! Plastic Beach has sprung a leak! One of those Russian pirates has put a bullet hole in my island! My single’s leaked! STYLO!” The first single features R&B singer Bobby Womack’s trademark croon on the chorus, as well as rapper Mos Def, who will join the Gorillaz as an animated character named “Sun Moon Stars” on Plastic Beach. “Stylo” will officially be released on January 26th, with Plastic Beach to follow on March 9th.
• Gorillaz: http://www.gorillaz.com
Ghostface, Raekwon, & Method Man
Nah Right has posted a sweeeeeeeeeet track off The Wu-Massacre, a collabo album featuring Ghostface, Raekwon, and Method Man. (Note the primo sample of The Jackson 5’s “We’re Almost There.”) Says Nah Right: “I can’t tell you where I got this but I can tell you it’s not supposed to be out yet… the group doesn’t even have a name yet.”
The Wu-Massacre is due March 30 via Def Jam.